Volume 3, Issue 4

by Georgi Medarov, Sofia University, Bulgaria As we know from Maurice Halbwachs, social memory is intimately linked with forming collective identities. After 1989, the heated public debates about the fate of the Bulgarian Jewish population during the WWII, tell us much about the way the past can shape the politics of the present. In the […]

by Shamsul A.B., The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Long before they were officially introduced as university subjects with their own academic departments, anthropology and sociology contributed to the construction of the colonial knowledge that informed the idea of Malaya and, after 1963, of Malaysia. During the colonial era, colonial knowledge provided […]

An Interview with Dato Rahman Embong Rahman Embong, distinguished Malaysian sociologist and long-time public intellectual, traces the interweaving of his biography and the development of Malaysian sociology from the colonial period through the postcolonial struggles and then repression to the new opening after 1991. MB: Let’s begin at the beginning. Growing up under colonialism, how […]

by Mounir Saidani, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia Three contradictory aspects of the current Tunisian situation are shaping the work of sociologists: tremendous political change, an expanded freedom of expression, and the advent of a new wave of social movements. Given the rapidity of social change, Tunisian sociologists have largely responded in individualistic ways. […]

An Interview with Joyce Sebag and Jean-Pierre Durand, University of Evry, France Joyce Sebag and Jean-Pierre Durand are a husband-and-wife team of cinematic sociologists at the University of Evry’s Center Pierre Naville, just outside Paris. After having devoted two rich decades to the sociology of work, in 1995 Sebag and Durand’s lifelong fascination with the […]